Homewood's McNeily, Clay-Chalkville's Garner part of MLB futures camp
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
The Kansas City Royals home stadium, was DeMarcus McNeily and Kendall Garner's classroom.
They were part of the 'Breakthrough Series', a developmental showcase put on by MLB and USA baseball. Tuesday's session included a trip to Kauffman Stadium to watch the big league Royals take batting practice.
McNeily is a rising junior at Homewood High School, and Garner attends Clay-Chalkville. This week, they were among the 60 prospects that got "coached up" by 13 former Major League players, coaches and executives.
"I felt pressure. I felt pressure, but at the same time I learned from the day that we got there," McNeily said. "We had a talk the first night and they said that some times you just have to let loose. Don't even worry about making a mistake and just go hard 24/7."
There's a track record of success. Last week, 25 alumni of the 'Breakthrough Series' or other similar developmental camp, were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft.